At our London Together Again dinner we were delighted to announce our new partnership with Noah’s Ark Children’s Hospice which means for the first time paediatric hospice-care will be available for all Jewish children in north London.
With the support of The Maurice Wohl Charitable Foundation, provision is being made in the planned Noah’s Ark building in Barnet, for the Wohl Family Room which can be used by families referred by Camp Simcha.
This will include special religious and cultural provisions which, with our input, will ensure that the hospice will be fully accessible for Jewish families. Camp Simcha will also work with the Noah’s Ark staff to ensure that the Jewish needs of families are continually catered for effectively.
The room will contain facilities to ensure that Jewish families of every level of observance can comfortably stay mid-week or even on Shabbat and Yom Tov, should they need to. For example, the room will have a Shabbat cupboard, containing a Shabbat kettle, hot plates, candles, kosher food supplies, wine, spare head coverings and prayer books. The rooms, en suite toilets and corridors leading to the rooms will all be fitted with timer switches.
As well as the immediate benefits the room will provide to Jewish children and families, the partnership between Noah’s Ark and Camp Simcha, helps to ensure the two charities can work together to provide the best possible care for Jewish families.
It is hoped building work will begin on the hospice later this year, with the aim of being ready early 2019.
Professor David Latchman, chairman of The Maurice Wohl Charitable Foundation, says: ‘Maurice and Vivienne Wohl were a deeply religious couple who devoted themselves to the needs of others. We are delighted to be supporting the first children’s hospice facility where all Jewish families will feel comfortable within the north London area, ensuring that we cover the gaps in children’s palliative care service provision for our community.’